Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has fueled speculation they are closing in on a temporary deal for Gunners forward Lukas Podolski by confirming the attacker is on Inter’s wishlist.
The Germany World Cup winner has struggled for regular action at Emirates Stadium this season, restricted to just seven Premier League appearances all of them of which were from the bench.
Podolski has had a more fruitful run in the Champions League, managing his one and only start of the campaign and four substitute appearances scoring three goals in the process.
However in the Gunners last three fixtures, the winger has failed to make an appearance with Wenger opting to field as many defenders as possible to keep their 2-1 leads. They were successful on two of those three occasions, conceding a late equalizer away to Liverpool.
Naturally speculation has gathered pace over a January exit with Inter the most linked club for the 29-year-old’s signature, and Mancini has fueled the fire even further with his latest statement.
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The Inter Milan manager told Sport Mediaset:
Podolski is a good player.
He is part of a list of players that we are following, so we will see what will come of it.
It is not difficult to see why Podolski has plenty of suitors, he has a heck of a left boot and an eye for goal. Time and time again he’s broken the back of the net for us but has failed to make a lasting impression on the starting lineup.
Last season he was used sparingly albeit due to a serious hamstring injury and despite scoring a tasty brace against Galatasaray recently he’s barely had another look in. But that is down to circumstances rather than anything he has done.
Santi Cazorla is bang in form, similarly with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who both offer more defensively than Podolski. Then you’ve got Alexis Sanchez who has been incredible, so it is difficult to see how he slots into the starting lineup.
Perhaps he may get a run out against Southampton on New Years Day or even a start against Hull City in the FA Cup. If not it’s certainly Auf Wiedersehen.
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